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[RC] re: clicker training, keeping attention focused - A. Perez

 I have used clicker training in the past to train one of my
dogs to keep her attention on me.  This is a dog who sees a
squierrel or anything else to chase and is GONE - no amount of
calling will get her back until she has run herself out (and
rolled in something gross to boot!).  The clicker did not work
100% (she definately has attention deficit disorder!) but it
helped alot.  I clicked her for looking at me when I spoke her
name, gradually increasing the amount of time she needed to look
at me before she got clicked.
 Attention is crucial in riding.  Personally, I feel it is one
of the most important parts of being 'collected' - not just
being 'in-frame' but being poised and ready to respond to any
cue: this does not just require physical collection but
ATTENTION - the horse has to be listening for the next cue.
One of the nice things about clicker training is that the animal
will be looking for an opportunity to earn that click, and so
tends to be really focused on you - it can be pretty neat!

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